Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)

Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)
  • Category SizeToy
  • SheddingLittle
  • Grooming RequirementsLess than once a week
  • AloneLess than 1 hour
  • Other PetsMedium
  • VocalVocal
  • AllergiesNo
  • Suitability As GuardMedium
  • Dog Group Kennel ClubToy

Overview

The Chihuahua Smooth Coat is one of the smallest species of dogs in the world. These tiny canines have skulls shaped like an apple giving them the name, Apple Head Chihuahua. They belong to the smooth coat dog breed family and have fine, short and smooth coats. Available in a number of colours from Black to Fawn, these petite dogs can grow up to 15-23 cm in length with a weight of 1.8 to 2.7 kg

Origin

The origins of the Smooth Coat Chihuahua dog breeds are traced to the ancient Toltec and Aztec civilizations. The ancient Toltecs and Aztecs believed that the small dog called the Techichi helped guide the deceased to the other worlds by warding off evil spirits. The Techichis were the pets of the rich and used to be buried with their masters. It was believed that the Chihuahua was born out of the intermingling of the Techichi and an Asian breed of small, hairless dogs.
Today, the modern breed Apple Head or the Teacup Chihuahua is considered to be from ancient gene pools of the Techichi mixed with the tiny dogs found in Mexico and the

Characteristics

The Smooth Coat Chihuahuas are a friendly breed and build deep bonds with their masters. They tend to be curious, playful and intelligent and become deeply affectionate with one or two people. It is crucial to socialize the Smooth Coat Chihuahuas from the onset, as they can get nervous when they are in unfamiliar settings. They can even yap and snap at strangers, children and other pets at home.
Chihuahuas love being in a pack and tend to be a clannish breed.

Physical Well-being

Like all types of Chihuahuas and many breeds of small dogs, the Chihuahua (Smooth Coat) can suffer from a condition called Luxating Patellas. This causes its kneecaps to slip out of place temporarily. It may also show a problem with its windpipe. The apple-shaped head can often lead to eye issues and even Hydrocephalus (water in the brain).

Activity

The Chihuahuas are an energetic breed and can adjust to the amount of exercise you would like your dog to have, within reasonable limits. They are full of excitement and love to play. It is ideal to walk these dogs for just 30 minutes on a daily basis. A harness is a better option rather a collar as the Chihuahuas have extremely delicate windpipes.

Diet

Small breed dogs have a fast metabolic rate but their tiny tummies mean they have to eat small meals often. There are dog foods designed especially for smaller breeds with the right amount of essential nutrients and in small Kibble sizes. This helps with digestion and also making it easier to chew.

Grooming

Chihuahua dogs do shed their hair but due to their small stature, there is not too much hair that it loses. Therefore, grooming Chihuahuas is not a difficult task. The Smooth Coat Chihuahuas can be groomed with a rubber grooming comb/brush now and then. Daily brushing of the Chihuahua's teeth is recommended as they are prone to tartar build-up.